This week I haven’t really be into anything.  My mind is on Denver next week which kind of made this week kind of blah for me. I haven’t been motivated to do much so I’ve kind of just been off.  I probably just needed a little a reality break though.  I’ve still done my weekly workouts and celebrated birthdays so that’s been a major positive.  It’s just been a really down week as far as enthusiasm but not in spirit.  I’ve been hanging in there LIKE A BOSS! Sadly the blog has suffered…just a tiny bit.

Here are a few things I’ve been loving this week:

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My veggie lasagna I made for lunch this week. This pan fed Willie and I lunch all week long. It was so good and I got Willie to get a lot of veggies this week. That’s been my main goal in life. He told me this morning that sometimes the texture of veggies makes him gag so I have to find creative ways to incorporate them into our food. Lasagna used to be Willie’s favorite food before we started our weight loss journey. We stopped having it because I didn’t know how to make it healthier. I’ve tried this zucchini instead of noodles thing before but it TURNED OUT HORRIBLE. It was a dumpster fire. But this time it was absolutely perfect. When I have a minute to type of the recipe and my tips, I will definitely share. It was a cost effective meal that fed both of us for 5 days. I ended up with something like 12 servings.

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Willie also practiced his grilling skills on Sunday to prepare dinner for us all week. We made chicken burgers and he made some pork loin. Usually I’m not a fan of pork and I tend not to eat a lot of it because I really just don’t like it. But Willie did a great job with it this week on the grill. I really enjoyed the food we meal prepped for the week!


I loved Boy Meets World growing up. The show is seriously engrained into my childhood so I was skeptical when the show decided to make a comeback in the form of Girl Meets World. But I have to say, I LOVE THIS SHOW! It’s a show for everyone, I promise. It’s got something for everyone and if you have kids its something you can all watch together. It’s just really great!

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I’ve been really into listening to music right now. I need a new marathon playlist and since I’m running a marathon next week, I’m looking for suggestions on songs that really pump up your workout. I’m open to anything, but I can’t try it out unless you offer up some songs. So what is the song that you love to workout to? What song really gets your going? What song makes you feel like you can conquer anything?

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At the beginning of the summer Willie started this water drinking thing because he felt like he wasn’t getting enough.  He started doing it so of course I jumped on it too.  I just didn’t use that annoying app that has reminders to drink all the time.  (Truth: Every time that sucker went off I was more inclined to use the bathroom instead of drinking water.) Trio of Water But it really got my thinking, do I drink enough water?  We’ve been told since we were little that we needed 8 glasses of water per day.  But then I read this on PBS:

The old adage of 8 glasses a day is no longer true. Instead, think about how much you weigh and divide that number in half. That’s how many ounces of water you should drink per day. For instance, a person who is 200 pounds, should drink 100 oz. of water per day to be adequately hydrated. (That’s 12.5 glasses of water!) An athlete with a high level of muscle mass should drink even more, about two-thirds of their body weight in ounces per day.

Now that’s a lot of water! But if you really think about it, it’s not. I’ve been aiming for 84oz of water of day. Most days I hit it, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I’m just not that thirsty but I end up paying for when I go on a hot sweaty run. The best way to see if you’re hydrated is to go by your urine color. Basically if you’re urine looks like a dark ale, you’re not doing something right. Willie always tells me it should resemble lemonade, not apple juice. So go with that folks!

Most importantly, drink water when you’re exercising. I always start off each cycle class with this little tidbit. Water keeps your metabolism up and helps you burn calories during your workout. It also helps you complete your workout without feeling like your dying a slow death. If you’re struggling through a workout, you just might be dehydrated.

My tips for drinking water:

I try to only drink water throughout the day. I don’t do sports drinks or anything special, just good ole natural water.

I keep a glass of ice water on my desk at work and sometimes just force myself to drink it down.

I start out every morning with a TALL glass of water. It’s been called my “potty cup.”

I drink a glass of water before every meal and while I’m eating. I always drink water while working out.

Water is great! It’s a natural resource and it’s free unless you want to drink bottled water then you’ll probably have to pay a $1 or more for it. It depends on if you don’t want your water touched by human hands and rushed over the rocks. LOL!

Do you drink enough water a day? How many glasses do you drink?

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He’s becoming an OLD man, but there’s nothing wrong with that.

Happy Birthday to Willie! @williebeatfat #birthday #older #wiser
The older he gets, the more handsome he becomes, he gets a little bit smarter and a whole lot wiser. I’m hoping he has a wonderful day. Birthdays haven’t always been the best or most eventful moments in his life so I ALWAYS want to make the day something special for him. It’s kind of hard to make it amazing when it falls on a Tuesday. If I had it my way, I would take him to California.

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Wait!?! We already did that. Ok, so maybe we would go to China…

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But wait!?! Didn’t we do that already too?

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In any case, I wish him the best birthday possible. Head over to like his FB page for his blog. There’s nothing more that he wants than more likes on his page and people reading his blog.

You know what else? Willie shares a birthday with my best friend Jesica.

Celebrating @jesicarene's birthday early! #funtimes #besties #happybirthday #runchat
He sure knows how to mess up a picture, right? But it’s like a two for one deal, Happy Birthday Jes. I hope you day is wonderful too! We celebrated with her family on Saturday.  How cute is that cake?  I cut off the time clock, but it’s there.  Great cake for people who love to run.  I must say I love my little marathon maniac and wish her the best!

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I’m here to tell you to ignore the comps.  It does no good.  A big part of my motivation throughout the weight loss journey was to begin with the end in mind.  I visualized what I thought I would like in the end and that really kept me going.  Fast forward to now, I don’t look anything like what I thought I would look.  It’s hard as woman to not compare our outward appearance to others.  After all, we are constantly told what we should look like to meet certain standards.  I’m here to tell you, find your own standard and just be happy.

I thought I would be super cut and lean when I reached the end of my journey.  I never thought about loose skin, curves, muscles and whatever else that gets in the way.  But does that make me less than desirable?  No way!  I’ve come to realize these are only problems because others have made them problems for me.  Everyone will be something different and there’s nothing wrong with it.  I had to DEFINE my own reality and live within it.  There are certain things in MY WORLD that are just fine and I don’t care saying it!

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I fall victim to the comps too, but we all need to break out of it.  I used to be really bad about it.  I was always worried about being a “back of the pack” runner because I didn’t run “fast.”  I got down on myself sometimes because I didn’t finish fast enough.  Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a competitive spirit but I’ve now learned my competitive drive needs to come from myself and not others.  What do I mean by that?  I compete against myself.

I want to be stronger than I was yesterday.  Run a half marathon just a little faster than I did before.  Cover those bike miles a little easier and faster than before.  I just want to keep moving in a forward direction that is dictated by me.

You define the person that you are; don’t let the world define you.

Everyone can’t win the race. Everyone won’t be Miss America.  No one person is going to be everything that we think is “perfect.” When you’re focusing on what someone else is doing or being, you’re taking the time away from focusing on your motivations and goals.  Everyone is different because we all take different paths.  The answers and the solutions are not the same for everyone so STOP trying to get the same results.  Be you; do you and just be happy!

Make the promise to yourself to ignore what everyone else is doing and take your own path to be the person YOU want to be in life!  It’s just that easy.

What is one thing you compare yourself to others about? How can you stop doing it? Are you going to make a promise to yourself?

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Good morning everyone!  I hope the weekend is starting off just right for you.  Guess what I did this morning?

Good morning! #taper is a blessing and a curse but I got my miles in, now it's time to stretch. What are you doing this morning? #runchat #running #fitfluential #sweatpink #embracethespace
I ran my taper run this morning. Taper is a blessing and a curse because I’ve been on a running high (mileage) lately but now it’s time to wind that down because the 26.2 is coming soon. I wanted to run more but I stopped for many reasons. I’m kind of battling some fatigue right now too.

This week I attempted the to make my first “brownie” in a mug. It’s one of those things I don’t feel horrible about eating when I want a little extra treat in my life. I made this sucker several times. The first time didn’t turn out too well. I ended up trashing it and ate a quest bar instead. I originally made it in the mug and I didn’t mix everything together well enough.  It was a DUMPSTER FIRE! It wasn’t very tasty.  I thought about it the entire next day and I thought I would tweak the ingredients to work with what I wanted.  So the next night I wanted to try again.

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The second time came out much better. I had to tweak it to work for me. This is what you’ll need:

2 tbsp oat flour
1 tbsp cocoa powder
2 packets stevia (I used Pure Via)
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 tbsp yogurt (pick your own flavor or kind. I used strawberry greek)
2 tbsp almond milk
1 larger size mug

1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
2. Add the wet ingredients and mix well. Make sure you get all of it mixed well.
3. Pour the mixture into a mug.
4. Put the mug in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Time depends on the consistency. Mine was in for 1 min 20 seconds. I liked the consistency.
5. Enjoy!

This combo worked well for me.  It tasted delicious and I LOVED IT.  It’s easy to make too so it’s definitely a hit with me.

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Last night I was frantically looking for a big bowl to put my salad in. Willie pulled out the normal big bowl but I told him that wasn’t going to work. I used a Pyrex bowl to eat my dinner. Willie thought that was hilarious. It worked though and my salad was soo good!

Do you think there’s something wrong with my big ole salad bowl?

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Happy August everyone!  It’s the start of a new month which means anything is possible.  Start thinking about the things you hope to accomplish this month.

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Yesterday was my momma’s birthday!  It was kind of a chill day for her.  My  momma likes to celebrate occasions with food which is hard for Willie and I because we’re trying to keep things in check.

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We finally decided on Pei Wei.  If you’re an old blog reader you know Willie and I use to swear by this place, but they changed the menu.  For me, the nutritional information is a little bit harder to decipher than it previously was so we haven’t gone to this place in a LONG time.  But we made the best of it.  At least now they serve a side salad instead of the rice and/or noodles. We just dumped our entrees over the salad and called it meal. Luckily, I’m still obsessed with lettuce.

#cupcakes for my momma on her #birthday
But I couldn’t let my momma’s birthday past without letting her enjoy some cake, so I got her cupcakes. I got her two red velvet cupcakes, a banana split and a wedding cake cupcake. She seemed to enjoy them and that’s all that matters!

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I tallied up all the gift cards I got for my birthday and got some new running kicks. This is my first pair of green running shoes I’ve ever had. It was meant to be. I’m so excited! This was a welcome surprise on the door step yesterday!

I needed my @procompression socks today so I didn't care if I didn't match. Hit the treadmill this morning bc it was raining outside. #runchat #deadlegs #embracethespace #fitfluential #sweatpink
This morning I woke up to do an easy run but it was super humid because of a rain storm from last night. And it was kind of raining this morning so I decided to hit the treadmill. It was definitely a morning that I wanted to sleep in and when I was working out, I wish I would have just stayed in bed. It was a sluggish run for me, I didn’t feel right. I got through the three mile run and decided to walk another mile. I guess I’m glad I did it BUT I feel tired. In fact, this post is late because I went back to sleep when I returned home.

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I don’t want to set too many goals for August because I don’t want anything to get in the way of me getting back in the pool. I have been inspired by some of my Team Chocolate Milk teammates and I’m having a case of the “I should be there” blues. Last year, I swore this would be my year for a half ironmnan. I let fear get in my way and I didn’t even try. I’m not going to let that happen. So now I”m going to get in the pool and really work on my swimming so NEXT october I will be competing in a half ironman competition. When registration opens, I am going to sign up so I can’t chicken out. When you drop that much money on a race, you can’t really back out of it.

So what is your goal for the month of August? What do you need to do to achieve it?

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At Fitbloggin I found out about this cool thing called a Foodie penpal.  It’s like a penpal but instead of letters you send someone food.  I was matched up with Terra this month and it was both our first times doing the program.  We talked about our dietary restrictions and then we were left to fend for ourselves.

The main rule is to spend no more than $15, have you box in the mail by the 15th of the month and include something written with your box.

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This is what I got in my box:

Fruit leather
Peanut Butter
Veggie chips
Fruit Bar
Almonds
Mixed nut trail mix
White cheddar tortilla chips
Fruit cup

There was a lot of good stuff here that was portioned sized out for me which was pretty cool. Each bag was labeled. Terra must have known that I crave salty things sometimes so I’ve definitely been reaching for this stuff. If you’re interested to see what I sent her, you can check it out on her blog.

This is such a fun thing to get to know new people and try a lot of new things.  It’s great because you’ll get matched up with someone who might have access to different things that I don’t in my area or vice versa. I look forward to doing this again.

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I read a lot of blogs and follow a lot of people on instagram and twitter.  I know when Sunday rolls around my feed is jammed with people doing the same thing I’m doing: food prep.  I’m not foolish enough to think my house was the only one food prepping for the week but I feel like you, readers of the blogs, are getting hit over the head with the same information just from a different blog.  I love all my fellow bloggers because we couldn’t make it out here in this virtual world without each other.  BUT I want to be different for my readers and I want to share some different things with all of you.

I just need to know: what is it that you want to know? What I’m food prepping? How I decide what to food prep?  WHAT?!? I don’t want to keep giving you the same information as every other blog.

That being said, I wanted to show you the inside of our fridge:

Inside our #fridge! I've already meal prepped for the week. Have you? #sundaysetup #mealprep #healthyeats #lunch #dinner #tiuteam #fitfluential

Now that you see it, there are a couple of things you can take away from it:

1. We obviously hold stock in yogurt companies. The top shelf is usually filled to the brim with just yogurt. Willie is on his greek yogurt fix so he’s buying a different brand than me. I like plain greek yogurt! Yogurt is something we eat everyday.

2. I love the Rubbermaid produce saver containers. Those are the green topped containers.  They really do extend the life of your produce.  It’s really great for the berries and squash because it lets the water drain to bottom but doesn’t allow you fruits and veggies to sit in it.  GENUIS! Red tops are for the actual food storage.

3. Willie has started a new thing with eggs.  He’s hard boiling those suckers and eating them as snacks.  He says it works.  I might try it every now and then.  At the farmer’s market on Saturday, he purchased duck eggs.  He hasn’t tried them yet so I can’t report anything. That’s them on the top shelf on the left.

4. Most of our grocery shopping is produce.  The drawer isn’t as filled as it usually is for some reason, maybe because I had already prepped a lot of the stuff.  Willie has a thing with eggs, I’m definitely going through a lettuce phase.  I will eat every meal on top of a pile of lettuce.  Doesn’t matter what it is, it will be served on a HUGE (like the size of my head) bed of lettuce.  I go through so much lettuce every week, it’s kind of scary.  Funny thing is, I will only eat romaine lettuce though.

5. Everything is pretty much grab and go.  Most people prep the meal parts separate and put it together throughout the week.  I don’t!  I portion size everything out in the containers ahead of time so we don’t have to worry about it.  That goes for every meal, except dinner because we have a little bit more time to eat on real plates instead of Rubbermaid containers.

Other things of note in the fridge:

I do keep hummus and tzaziki in the fridge because it’s great for dipping my veggies in for a snack.

Some type or multiple types of nut butters live in our fridge because we’re both obsessed with it.  Willie loves peanut butter and I like it all.

We do use almond milk instead of regular milk, unless I”m drinking my lowfat chocolate milk!

The fridge door isn’t quite as exciting:
And the #fridge door! Nothing really exciting here though! #foodgram #foodie
The only thing I use on a regular basis on this door is water, chocolate milk (workout recovery) and the liquid egg whites. Everything else is really just taking up space. I should probably throw it out. I keep the syrup there for when we have guests and we make pancakes for them. I also keep sugar free syrup on hand for us when we actually do enjoy the pancakes. For the first time in years we had juice in the house because Willie made some orange soy sauce thing that was really good!  Of course, I use the mustard and sirarcha on everything but lately sirarcha has been bothering me.

This was a pretty tame week for the fridge.  Nothing really special in there, except maybe the 3 pounds of fish we had on the second shelf.  It was raise your mercury limit in the house this week because wild caught Atlantic salmon was on sale so I had to buy it.  And we had cod because it’s my favorite fish.

What are the staples in your fridge every week?

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It was a big weekend because I did my 20 miler on Saturday.  Yesterday was a rest day.  Rest days are important to give your body a recharge.  It may sound funny coming from me because most people don’t think I take a rest, but I know when my body needs a rest.  Always remember to listen to your body.

Recovery has been a big deal to me lately and I’ve taken the time to really educate myself on it.  I was doing it wrong for so long.  It’s hard to think about putting the calories back in your body after you’ve done a workout.  I know when I was losing weight I did nothing about recovery.  My mindset was all wrong. When I was at Fitbloggin I had the chance to talk with Dr. Wendy Brazilian, who is also the sports nutritionist for my sponsor Team Chocolate Milk, about recovery and the mistakes that people make.  She told me the biggest mistake was people just not eating after a workout!

Here is how I recover from my hard workouts:

1. Hydration.  When you workout, you sweat and your lose water.  Take the time to properly hydrate your body with water and an electrolyte drink.  I always have water and lowfat chocolate milk in my recovery.  Lowfat chocolate milk has the right carb to protein ratio to help refuel your body and contains some natural electrolytes.  Water is always great because it’s free and it’s really what most people crave after a long hard workout anyway.  Can you ever go wrong with water?

2. Eat a proper meal.  It would be easy to say I ran 20 miles and I can eat whatever I want…and some people do that.  Hey, I use to do that!  Do you remember my pancake and waffle obsession? I quickly squashed that after a little education.  The meal you eat right after your workout is probably one of the most important meals you’ll have all day.  Instead of going with what your body wants, go with what your body needs.  I have to remember sometimes that I am an athlete (even though I want to dispute that sometimes) and that means I have to take care of my body to keep going. It’s also important to have that meal within 45 -60 minutes of completion of your workout.  After finishing that race you might want to reach for the pizza, but save that for later and eat some real whole foods to help your body bounce back.

3. Compression socks.  After a long run or spin on the bike, I will always put on compression socks.  I really love the Pro Compression marathon socks.  I first discovered Pro Compression at RnR Denver last year and I’ve used that brand recovery sock ever since.  So what’s so great about the socks? These socks are one of the few compression socks companies that make a true graduated compression sock.  The motto of the company is to “keep it tight” and the product definitely backs that up.  The use of compression helps aid in recovery after strenuous workouts and I know my legs feel better after wearing these socks. True graduated compression promotes circulation by pushing fluid up from your feet and ankles to toward your knees. This design also helps reduce swelling and inflammation while providing critical support to muscles and tendons.

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I have worn them after every long run since I’ve been to Denver. I wore them last week after my run and bike ride and I definitely put them on after Saturday’s long run. My legs feel great today and I know that’s because of the Pro Compression socks.

I wear them everywhere. I also love that the socks come in great colors with different patterns.  Remember when I told you I loved socks?  These socks definitely fit the bill. I use the socks strictly for recovery but you can use them for exercise also because they have great arch support and are made from moisture wicking material to keep the sweat away from your skin.  Also, the seams on this sock are pretty much no-existent which means there are no blisters.  That’s really important if you’re using these socks to run in.  I don’t like to run in compression socks, but the company also offers compression sleeves that I would run in.

Do you want to try out Pro Compression marathon socks or sleeves?  Here’s your chance to get 40% your entire order at procompression.com.  Use the discount code “PINK” to take advantage of the 40% offer.  This will save you a lot of dough and maybe you’ll try out the sock of the month!

Tweet: I #KeepItTight w/ @PROCompression! Use the code PINK for 40% OFF your entire purchase! http://ctt.ec/W2UDL+ @fitapproach #sweatpink

For me a hard workout is 90 minutes or more, so these are the tips and tools I use for myself.  I was provided a free pair of Pro compression marathon socks by Fit Approach and Pro Compression for review but the opinions on the socks are all my own, obviously!  They are some really great socks!

What are your recovery tips and tools? Maybe I can learn something from you too!

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This morning started off very early for me.  It’s the day in every marathon training plan people look at and think…”20 miles is a long way to go without someone cheering you on.”  Well today was my day.  Honestly, I was skeptical about completing all 20 miles in the Texas heat and humidity but I was going to give it a try. I have a couple of marathons coming up and the first one is Revel Rockies Denver.  I’m trying to run myself back into shape.

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I planned on being out of the door at 4am, but that didn’t happen. I was still tired so a slept a bit more and then I was slow moving. I think the slow moving part happened because I was skeptical about running those miles. I decided I would do the miles in my neighborhood which meant I would probably have to make 17 loops. I thought this was a good idea so I could stay close to home and get my water without having to carry it with me. When I started running, it was already 77 degrees.

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That was a great idea until the sun came up and I decided I needed a change in venue. So I drove to the local trail to run which was a good idea until the sun started peaking through and ruined my run. I made it about 7 miles before I decided I needed to finish the run in the shade. At this point I was already thinking I’ve done 17 miles so I could stop and call it day. But I pressed on.

I pressed on because lately I’ve been lacking that mental toughness. It’s been easy for me to just quit or sit down and that’s really just not who I was. Willie told me that he thinks I just needed a reboot and I think he was right. I did A LOT of marathon running at the front half of the year and it takes a toll on you. And then the heat set in and I really wasn’t interested in running long miles so I became complacent. TODAY was the day I was going to work through it. I wanted to stop many times because it was too hot but I knew that was wrong. As long as I followed the hot running rules of hydration, taking a slower pace and taking rest breaks, I knew I could and would conquer this 20 mile run. I needed to finish the run.

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I was so happy when I finished! It felt good. I felt accomplished. I didn’t give up and I didn’t give in. I pushed through. It takes me back in time where I knew I could beat anything. I think I arrived back at that place this morning; running in the heat. When I finished it was 84 degrees and the humidity was KICKING.

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Long runs mean overnight oats in peanut butter jars. I was excited for this at the end.

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Let’s just say I’m enjoying the recovery. I’ve got my Pro Compression marathon socks, a nice glass of lowfat chocolate milk and now I’m blogging. Today is going to be a great day.

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Oh, I forgot about the ice bath. I haven’t done one in a long time but I knew it was going to be needed today. I think Willie enjoys dumping the bags of ice in the tub and watching me cringe.

It’s almost noon, what have you done today? What do you have planned?

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